Yasser Larouci leaves Liverpool today, according to reports. The 20-year-old rejected a contract offer to stay.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim Yasser Larouci has turned down a new contract offer and leaves Liverpool today.
Larouci, 20, has been on the books since 2017 when he joined from Le Harve. He thrived at academy level, winning the Youth Cup in the 2018/19 season and earning plaudits.
That led to a breakthrough at first-team level in 2019.
The youngster was involved in the Reds’ pre-season tour that year, starting several games at left-back. He narrowly escaped a serious injury while doing so after a horrendous foul against Sevilla.
But Larouci impressed enough to stay involved with the senior setup. He made his competitive debut the following January in an FA Cup clash against Everton.
The Algerian was an early substitute for James Milner and he had a very good game as Liverpool won 1-0. Curtis Jones curled in a sensational winner for a remarkably young Reds side, of course.
Larouci would then start for Liverpool against Shrewsbury in the next round but that was the end of his senior career here. His reluctance to sign a new contract a year ago dramatically changed the club’s perception of him.
Larouci leaves Liverpool
Instead of being a young player they could continue to develop, Larouci became someone who was likely leaving. He no longer played any part at senior level and featured just twice for the Under 23s – the last of which was 11 minutes in October 2020.
Liverpool froze Larouci out as he only had one more year on his contract. They haven’t wanted to lose him, either, offering him a new deal even as he prepared to depart.
But with no promise of a long-term future in Red, the club just wouldn’t devote time to him. Larouci effectively lost a year of his career to the decision.
So now he leaves Liverpool four years after joining and, presumably, with eyes on regular senior football. That never looked likely at Anfield, given Andy Robertson was in front of him.
The arrival of Kostas Tsimikas last year ruled out any real chance that remained. With that in mind, we can entirely understand Larouci’s decision.
It’s a massive risk, given he lost so much football last season but it’s probably the right choice. We wish him all the best luck, then.
It’s not easy to make such a decision at his age – let’s hope it pays off for him.